Oregon Fires Claim No Kids in 2012

EUGENE, Ore. — For the first time ever, state fire marshals reported that no children died in fires in Oregon in 2012.

Firefighters attribute the record-breaking news to a team effort of fire codes, expanding education programs and hard work on all accounts, but there’s still more work to be done with non-child victims.

“(We) still have a long way to go with 22 adult deaths reported in 2012, but no children. So that is a great start,” said Amy Linder, Eugene Deputy Fire Marshal.

Older adults are still the fire community’s biggest concern with elderly people, 60 years and older, making up 62 percent of all deaths in 2012.

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